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With the goal of reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impact, architects and designers are getting serious about green design. Visit Green Lodging News for the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Green Design

Home Green Design
With the goal of reducing energy costs and minimizing environmental impact, architects and designers are getting serious about green design. Visit Green Lodging News for the latest news and best practices. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

Hotels Can Reduce Heating/Cooling Bills By Up to 30 Percent by Adding Inner Insulating Windows

NATIONAL REPORT—For hotels, motels, and resorts, insufficiently insulated windows can be a serious problem that literally sends profits “out the window” in the form of excessive heating and cooling bills. When it is warm inside the hotel and cold outside, window panes will transfer heat by thermal conduction so additional heating is required to keep guests comfortable, and a similar process is involved when it is hot outside and cool inside.  Air leakage through window seals that crack over time worsens the problem, particularly in harsh weather. While single pane windows transfer the most heating and cooling, even dual pane windows...

CM Hospitality Carpets Introduces New Collection, Transplant

DALTON, GA.—CM Hospitality, a hospitality carpet company, recently debuted a new collection, Transplant, at Boutique Design New York. “Everyone is really connecting with this collection because they understand the mesmerizing spell that organic patterns have on the human psyche,” said Marketing Director, Lacy Price. “They comfort you, relax you and inspire you. It truly transplants you to the outer world. It’s been fun to watch people’s faces as they take in this new collection.” CM Hospitality’s Transplant Collection consists of six 100 percent Solution Dyed Nylon, Colorpoint patterns. This collection includes rugs, public space, guestroom and corridor carpet. “The Transplant collection...

Fil Doux Textiles Adds to Biodegradable Vinylife Material Collection

NEW YORK—Fil Doux Textiles introduces Arte, a new Vinylife collection that draws from the Spanish word for “craft” or “artistry”. The selection of leather looks are the latest introduction of the company’s Vinylife material, an enhanced biodegradable vinyl with a water-based, stain-resistant finish. Timeless, worn leather looks range from natural beiges and browns to deep and expressive blacks and grays. “We are happy to introduce a 100 percent cruelty-free leather option to the market that has the added benefit of sustainability,” says CEO Leo Novik. “Arte brings Vinylife to the next level with the authentic look of leather and a...

Smith & Fong Completes Environmental Product Declaration

SAN FRANCISCO—Smith & Fong Co., manufacturer of Plyboo bamboo architectural panels and flooring products, announced it has completed an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for its bamboo plywood range, including LinearSound, Fractal, Reveal and other carved design panels. The EDP and LCA, granted by ASTM International and in accordance with ISO 14025 is applicable to both the North American and European marketplaces. “Having an Environmental Product Declaration and Life Cycle Assessment for our panel products is incredibly important to the architectural and design community we service,” Smith & Fong founder and CEO Dan Smith said. “We are very proud now to have them available.” ASTM International is a globally recognized leader...

TUUCI Acquires Pavilion Furniture

MIAMI—TUUCI Worldwide, LLC, a global leader in the design and manufacture of distinctive umbrellas and cabanas, announced the acquisition of Pavilion Furniture. “PAVILION represents TUUCI’s first effort via acquisition to leverage its strengths in design, manufacturing and distribution and we are excited to welcome its team to our family of companies,” said TUUCI’s President Tom Parker. “PAVILION will continue to operate as its own company and brand, independent from TUUCI’s umbrella and cabana divisions. Pavilion has designed and manufactured quality exterior furnishings for over 40 years. We look forward to helping the Pavilion team with its strategic plan for growth.” Pavilion...

LEED Community Responds to Vandals with Positive Planting

In August I posted a blog item about my first visit to a LEED Platinum certified home. While not a lodging establishment, I thought I might pick up some valuable tips about green building. The name of the development is Mirabella and is in Bradenton, Fla. At the time of my visit there were 70 completed homes that had earned LEED Platinum, with 37 additional homes under construction and 53 lots remaining. I just read about Mirabella again this past week because of its Tree Planting Day. As it turns out, in late April and early May, vandals cut down...

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas to Develop Resort & Spa in Austrian Alps

BANGKOK—Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is set to add yet another destination to its portfolio of properties in some of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring locations. Set in the breathtakingly picturesque Austrian Alps, Six Senses Kitzbühel Alps showcases its stunning environment through all seasons: from winter’s snow-covered terrain with high-end ski activities, to spectacular summers when the landscape is vibrant with nature’s verdant palette of colors. Featuring some of the finest cross-country skiing and downhill slopes in the world, Kitzbühel has been named a winner of best ski station in the world by www.skiresort.de three times. With over 104 miles...

Valley Forge Fabrics Acquires Contract Décor International

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Valley Forge Fabrics announced the acquisition of the premier window treatment manufacturer, Contract Decor International (CDI), as part of a strategic move to support their continued growth in the hospitality industry. The acquisition will expand Valley Forge Fabrics’ offerings to include vertical window fabrication solutions from decorative textile to install. “Becoming a more vertical supplier and creating value for our industry is a critical piece of our company strategy,” said Diana Dobin, CEO of Valley Forge Fabrics. “Manufacturing and installing hospitality window products and services is a natural evolution and the Valley Forge Fabrics family fits together perfectly...

Green Building Industry Recognizes Kohler for Vision, Leadership

KOHLER, WIS.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has named Kohler, a global manufacturer of kitchen and bath products, the winner of its 2017 Ray Anderson Radical Industrialism Award at its leadership awards luncheon held in conjunction with the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston. The award is presented annually in memory of sustainability leader and Interface modular carpet founder Ray Anderson to an organization that embodies vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green buildings and communities as vehicles to enhance quality of life. “Kohler is one of our longstanding partners, and this award recognizes the efforts the company...

Washington, D.C. Named First LEED Platinum City in the World

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Washington, D.C. was recently named the first LEED for Cities Platinum city in the world. Mayor Bowser was presented this honor by Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), at an event on the steps of Dunbar High School—the highest rated LEED-certified school in the United States. The Mayor and Ramanujam were joined by Mayor Bowser’s Chief Technology Officer, Archana Vemulapalli, and Jay Wilson, the District Department of Energy and Environment’s green building expert. “It is in the best interest of Washington, D.C.’s safety, economy, and future to take sustainability and resiliency seriously, and...